After a rescheduled off-day on Thursday (Friday is my normal off-day) due to my day-trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Friday was a 6-miler at “easy” pace. I met Brian and Nathan at Bellevue United Methodist Church parking lot and we went down Sawyer Brown to Hwy 70, did two laps around the vacant Bellevue Center Mall, and then headed back up Sawyer Brown to close out the run. It was a pleasant run in cooler temps and a steady rain. I didn’t keep track of our splits, but overall it was a little faster than most of our recent “easy” paced runs.
Yesterday was my first “tempo” run of the Hansons Advanced Plan. The objective was to complete 6-miles at goal marathon pace (7:26). Thankfully Brian joined me for this workout at the Edwin Warner Park picnic area, and we caught a great break in the weather. It was 55° with relatively mild humidity.
After a 2.75-mile warmup, with 3 stride outs, we ran all 6 “tempo” miles out-and-back on the Harpeth River Greenway without breaks. As has been the trend recently, my Garmin could not keep up so it was hard to tell if we were on pace or not. According to Brian’s watch, we averaged 7:30 pace for the 6 miles, and I actually felt really, really good. I was fairly nervous heading into this run, but my legs were relatively strong all the way through. Our pace was a few seconds slow, but considering this was the first “tempo” run, and I felt great, I’ll take it. With a 1.2-mile cool down, we got in just under 10 total miles for the day.